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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
Courtney Act
  • Mon 9 Apr 2018
  • Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
Cabaret Comedy Music

Sparkle in the Sand

Celebrate the worldwide LGBTQI community here on the sands of the Gold Coast. Kick off your heels, loafers or bedazzled thongs and relax into a very special evening of song, dance, laughter and delight with performers, athletes and speakers from across the Commonwealth.

We'll take you on a journey through the stories of our LGBTQI family: the love, joy, acceptance, celebration and heartbeat that unites us all.

Hosted by International Drag Sensation Courtney Act (Australian Idol, Rupauls Drag Race, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) with extra special local and international guests including Marcia HinesBeccy Cole, Luke Antony, DJ Kitty Glitter, Matthew MitchamAlfie Arcuri and Jamarz on Mars, Sparkle in the Sand will be the biggest celebration of LGBTQI pride this side of the rainbow.

“Her voice is astounding… you won’t be able to take your eyes off her”. Ed Fest Mag. 

“As a gender non-conforming person who also works as a successful and celebrated drag queen, Shane shared his unique and well-rounded knowledge of the queer experience … handling them with grace and elegance.” Chloe Sargeant www.sbs.com.au 

Courtney Act

What other artist can say they’ve been voted FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women and Mr Tiny Tot 1987! 

Courtney Act is more than just gender or drag. She is a contemporary artist who embodies the zeitgeist of an era. One of the first artists to show their gender fluidity as well as their natural talents when boy, Shane Jenek, was passed by during the auditions for season one of Australian Idol, he came back the next day as girl: Courtney Act. Courtney showed the judges so much more than her music ability and went on to be one of the most iconoclastic contestants the show has ever seen and was signed to Sony/BMG; embarking on a national arena tour with her fellow Idols. 

In 2014 she returned to the television arena as one of the Top 3 in Season 6 of the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. Though she didn’t steal the crown, she did steal the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. Courtney then released her debut EP, ‘Kaleidoscope’, featuring mainstream pop beats and lux music videos featuring collaborations with Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Sam Sparro (Black & Gold), William Baker (Kylie Minogue), The Squared Division (Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj). Her videos online have been viewed over 40 million times. 

In 2017, Act took audiences over the rainbow and down under with her original show ‘The Girl From Oz’ which toured North America, Australasia and the UK. This sold out world tour culminated in her debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with 4 and 5 star reviews. 

Now victorious from Celebrity Big Brother UK, Courtney is back in Oz with the crown and the jewels! Fearless in the face of televised wardrobe malfunctions and champion of equality and compassion - our Doyenne of Drag shares all the secrets in her latest show, ‘Under The Covers’ touring Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA in 2018. 

DJ Kitty Glitter

Mon 9 Apr 2018
Mon 9 Apr, 07:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

-27.9979378, 153.4306901

Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Accessibility information

The Main Stage is located on the sand, but can be viewed from The Esplanade. 


George Savoulis, Creative Director

Luke Nutley, Producer

Magnus Hastings, Photographer

Mitch Fong, Photographer for Courtney Act